Towards Sustainable Human Settlements Growth on Urban Fringe Areas with Case Study Semarang City – Indonesia


Early urbanization generally took place within an urban core but in the last few decades the process has moved towards fringe areas. Urban core is eventually characterized by marginalities, but on the other hand fringe areas have central characteristics. The role of an urban core decreases while fringe areas increases occur in almost all metropolitan regions. The growth of fringe areas is commonly predominated by the development of urban sprawl. Many empirical researches on urban growth have been concerned about the fringe areas. Until recently, many research findings on urban growth still lack for the main element of the growth and to a larger extent fail to provide an explanation on why does the phenomena happen. This study will take the concepts and views of urban growth as a state of progressing, and not state of being and done with a qualitative approach within naturalistic paradigm umbrella. Semarang's urban fringe areas indicated dualistic characteristics, a mixing of formal and informal, urbanity and rurality, modern and traditional, planned and un-planned settlements. These conditions raise complicated social problems. This study explores whether the process of urban growth in fringe areas is specific and characterized by local wisdom. The integration process of several types of settlements will shape the urban form’s future. The Semarang urban growth policy does not lead to the integration of spreading sprawl development on its fringe areas, and should be adjusted into the sustainability issues, in order to make liveable city and to ensure the future generation meet their needs.

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Bambang Setioko, Diponegoro University, Indonesia

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Conference: ACSEE2015
Stream: Urban Studies

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